CfP: Advancing field analysis in European integration studies

Call for papers for a panel at the ECPR General Conference in Innsbruck, 26-28 August, 2020

Convenors: Dr Amelie Kutter (European University Viadrina) & Dr Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg (Potsdam University)

European integration has deeply restructured public policy making in Europe, with procedures and capacities being re-arranged in line with EU agendas and legislations. Field-theoretical approaches, which are situated in second generation of practice theory, provide conceptual frames for studying the formation and functioning of such spaces of EU-related interaction, highlighting their symbolic-relational constitution. They have been used, for instance, for investigating scaled political competition (Kauppi 2003, 2018), the formation of transnational and EU-related expertise (Bernhard & Schmidt-Wellenburg 2020, Kauppi & Madsen 2013) and expertise in EU statecraft (Georgakakis & Rowell 2013), EU security (Bigo, 2007, 2017), EU intergovernmental diplomacy (Adler-Nissen 2014), or EU multilateral negotiation and mediatised political communication (Kutter 2020).

Contributions in this panel consider how field analysis can be advanced as a research programme in European integration studies. We welcome papers that explore further realms of Europeanised policy making through the lens of field analysis and extend field analysis into new theoretical terrains, such as other strands of practice theory or discourse analysis .

Should you be interested in contributing a paper please send your proposal to Amelie Kutter, by 19 February, 4pm CET, following the instructions on paper proposals provided at We look forward to receiving your proposals.